Build cities, shape a world.Cities XL Platinum lets you design, build and link up cities of all shapes and sizes around the Cities XL planet!Build more impressive cities than ever before! Cities XL Platinum offers a huge variety of over 1,000 buildings and constructions (including 50 brand new structures), that you can freely place on...
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Release Date: Feb 6, 2013

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Build cities, shape a world.

Cities XL Platinum lets you design, build and link up cities of all shapes and sizes around the Cities XL planet!

Build more impressive cities than ever before! Cities XL Platinum offers a huge variety of over 1,000 buildings and constructions (including 50 brand new structures), that you can freely place on more than 60 gigantic maps, offering varied terrain and an incredible level of detail.

Take on the role of virtual mayor and find solutions to the problems faced by modern city planners like energy shortages and public transportation. Answer the growing needs of your citizens and find the perfect balance between various services such as housing, recreation, and employment. Specialize your cities and set up a trade network with neighboring towns to ensure large-scale financial success with an increasingly complex network of cities!

Key Features:

  • Over 1000 different buildings
  • 60 gigantic maps
  • Answer the needs of the citizens: employment, housing, recreation, and more
  • Manage a large-scale economy

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: WINDOWS XP SP3/WINDOWS VISTA SP1/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL 2.5 GHZ
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB 100% DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE ATI RADEON HD 3850/NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 OR HIGHER
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 9 GB HD space
    • Sound: COMPATIBLE DIRECTX 9.0
Helpful customer reviews
33 of 51 people (65%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
47.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Finally, with Cities Skylines out there, we can stop wasting time on inferior city sims!
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
Don't let my low amount of time on this game fool you; it's basically the same game as its previous iterations; this is just the one now solely available on Steam. I put dozens of hours into the 2012 edition and got this for about three bucks.

Now then, that said. Is this game anywhere near as good as Cities: Skylines (my 2015 Game of the Year)? Of course not. Not by half. But there's more to it than that.

See, XL has one thing Skylines doesn't; a beautifully interconnected resource economy that makes building specialized cities so much more rewarding. You can build a breadbasket city on a map with a ton of fertile land, an oil town, a manufacturing center, a tourist paradise...and the oversupply in one city is demand in another. Is the trading sim as robust as Grand Ages Medieval or any of Gaming Minds' maritime trade sims? No, but it's not supposed to be.

Skylines is the builder I reach for when I'm after a "classic" SimCity-like experience. I go for XL when I want to build something on a bigger scale, more like a nation than a city (in that sense, "XL" is an appropriate word for it. Extra-large, indeed.)

As I write this, it's on sale for four bucks. Anything from about $7 downward is a good value proposition for any game in this series. It's not as good as Skylines (not much is), but it's still worth playing for what it gets right.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Not really platinum, better than SimCity, not City Skylines. Buy this game from other sites with a discount, not worth 19.99 euros.

I`m writing this review by comparing Simcity and Cities XL Platinum (yeah not the best deal).

Positive
- more space for expansion
- no dlc`s
- no stress with internet connection, Simcity servers some times fails to sync correctly
- the street view is way better

Almost Negative
- by default is a single core game and it lags, but there is a workaround for this, found on Game Debate written by Paulo Proenca on 02 August 2011
http://www.game-debate.com/news/?news=928&game=Cities%20XL%202011&title=CITIES%20XL%202011%20-%20MULTI-CORE%20SOLUTION

Step 1: Open the task menu. (ctrl+alt+delete)

Step 2: Go to the "Process" Tab.

Step 3: Locate the process "CitiesXL_2011.exe"

Step 4: Press the right button of your mouse and select the option "Set afinity".

Step 5: Chose only the first core and press "ok".

Step 6: Do Step 3 again but this time select ALL the cores.


Cities XL 2011 should now take advantage of all cores. It's freaky but it works. Happy city building!
Notes: This might also work for other games with this bug.


Negative
- saving the game to steam cloud is a bit slowly.
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394 of 423 people (93%) found this review helpful
52.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This is one of the best city simulations out there, especially when looking strictly at games with good graphics. That said, it is not without its flaws.

The Good:
- Lots and lots of replayability. You could get lost in this game on just a single city for weeks.
- Your cities interact with each other to an extent. You can trade things like water, fuel, industry, and office services amongst the cities you create. This allows you to specialize your cities, such as creating an industry giant that feeds industry goods to your cities where you want to avoid polution, such as a resort town.
- You can point and click your way through everything. Given how many options you have for roads, buildings, etc, the menu is easy to use and allows for quick access to everything.
- The game feels like a semi-sandbox during normal play, as there isn't really many restrictions in place (and you can switch the building restrictions off in the settings).
- As you build up your city, you get to a point where you realize it isn't just about building anymore. Management becomes a much bigger deal. One of the biggest management challenges is transportation, and that adds something to the game that I find quite enjoyable, making it a bit deeper than it might look on the surface.

The Bad:
- Some of the mechanics for laying out streets (especially bridges) and buildings can make things a bit frustrating.
- The whole Cities XL series are just reboots. They look the same, play the same, and feel the same. This makes for a bit of a hidden "good" I guess in that you shouldn't feel the need to own them all (I do and don't have any reason to play any of the previous ones).
- They removed the online function that the original had, rather than making it work. The idea of being able to have cities existing in a "truly global" world definitely had an appeal.
- The developer is lazy. The failure to make online work, some small problems and unfinished features, and the mechanics that are still issues still unaddressed after so much time just speaks to the lack of care the developer has for its work and reputation. They did "fix" things to a point where they weren't really game-breaking, but it still sits in my mind that they seem to want to skate by at this point (especially given how much effort they put into trying to create a great alternative to another "CitySim" game).

If you really like city management/builder games, this gives a good balance between the two and should be able to keep your entertained for quite a while. If you can catch it on a sale, then great! If not, you just need to decide what your dollar is worth. As far as putting a dollar value on fun, you have to do that for yourself, but even with the flaws, the value was definitely there for me given how much entertainment I have gotten from it. Decidedly beats spending the money on gas, a ticket, and some overpriced popcorn and soda at a movie theater for me.
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188 of 206 people (91%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 11, 2014
+/+ Graphics are great for a city building game.
+/+ Most game mechanics are well executed.
+/+ Great UI. Very easy to pick up and learn.
+/+ Cities can interact (i.e. trade) with each other. This allows you to create specialty cities.
+/+ Large maps.

+/- Not as difficult as SimCity 4.
+/- Not much different than previous Cities XL games.
+/- Includes Steam Cloud, but lacks other features such as achievements and the workshop.

-/- Lack of variety in graphic style.
-/- Not map editor or terraforming options.
-/- Roads & highways can sometimes very picky about how you place them.
-/- Game slows down once your city reaches a certain size (very processor heavy game).
-/- Developers have a bad reputation and have gone out of business. Don’t expect new patches.
-/- Unfixed bugs and broken features.

Verdict: 6.8/10. While Cities XL Platinum clearly fails to surpass SimCity 4, it does offer a unique and fun take on the city building/management genre. If you can put up with the late game slowdowns or don’t care about creating larger cities, then I can easily recommend Cities XL Platinum to you. If you expect more, you will be disappointed. Don’t spend more than $10 and you’ll likely be happy.

Update 9/7/15: Buy Cities Skyline if you want a city builder. This game is no longer worth considering.
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